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Home birth midwives in Kalamazoo

Looking for a home birth midwife in Kalamazoo? It’s a question we hear often from area families! Here’s our list of midwives currently practicing in the Kalamazoo area:   Linda Healey, CPM Battle Creek 269-832-0755 birthalternatives.com It’s best to contact Linda by phone.   Star Bontrager, CPM Cassopolis 574-248-2485   Emily Likens, CPM Plainwell 719-429-0361…

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No you can’t put that on my vulva or in my vagina — I don’t consent!

By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA) When colleagues around the country and the world ask me what our birth culture is like in Southwest Michigan, I tell them that overall, things aren’t too bad. Birth here is better than a lot of places, occasionally great, and we’re still working toward total fabulousness. We have a…

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UPDATE: Borgess & Ascension Health — where’s my midwife?

By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA) Today, we are celebrating the best of news! We received the official word late yesterday that administrators at Borgess Medical Center, an Ascension Health facility, have restored full midwifery privileges to the Certified Nurse Midwives practicing through Borgess Women’s Health. Fantastic! There are a number of very specific things to…

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Everything you’re asking for is reasonable — take the wheel

By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA) Over the past 14 years, we’ve worked with thousands of families giving birth in Southwest Michigan. We’ve also heard a lot about their relationships with their providers — good and bad. Here’s a relatively common story we hear from our students and clients: “I want XYZ for my birth,…

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Positive for Group B Strep? Here’s what it means for your hospital birth

By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA) You’ve done your research and you know that laboring at home until strong, active labor could help you lower your risk of cesarean birth and other interventions. You’ve got your doula on board, you’ve prepped with a great birth class, and you’re ready to rockstar your way through an…

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Hey Borgess & Ascension Health — where’s my midwife?

UPDATE: Today, September 13, 2018, Beth Hawver from Friends of Michigan Midwives and I met with Dr. Jennifer Frink, at her invitation. Our goal was to encourage Borgess Medical Center and Ascension administrators to restore full scope of practice to the CNMs, including VBAC. We carried your stories, hopes and concerns with us — supporting…

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Guest post: Five things I’ve learned in my rainbow pregnancy (35 weeks)

Like so many parents, Brittin Schumaker and her husband have experienced great joy and great sadness. We asked Brittin to share some of the lessons from her “rainbow pregnancy” — a pregnancy after a loss. Several of our doulas have special training in grief and loss (and many of us have experienced loss ourselves), so…

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Juliet’s birth: Joanna’s story

Early labor started for me around 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I was only having one to two contractions an hour that were strong enough to wake me up. My husband, Neil, brought a futon into our bedroom so that I could wake up to manage the contractions on the floor and then go…

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Without my doula…

Our client Teesha Bancroft shares her thoughts on all the ways her doula helped her through her birth — and what it might have been like without that support.  by Teesha Bancroft Without my doula, I would not have had an amazing natural birth class and a huge network of resources; Without my doula, I…

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Lamaze breathing — once and for all

Breath is such an awesome tool in labor. It’s free, available to everyone, and can be used in any position or circumstance. Breathing brings oxygen to a woman and her baby. It helps with relaxation — both physical and emotional. It brings a birthing person’s awareness deep into their body, and it can be a…

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